Invention: A Life – a not boring book by Sir James Dyson

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Invention: A Life By James Dyson

Invention: A Life is not another autobiography of a man that is somewhat an enigma. He already has a 1997 autobiography – ‘James Dyson against the odds’. This is all new material from the heart – it is not boring. You would not, could not expect less from this iconic inventor.

Sir James is best known for 5127 prototypes to develop a bagless cyclonic vacuum cleaner. This book helps reveal that quest, but it is so much more. It’s about discovery, a thirst for knowledge and a relentless quest to make things better.

He reveals how he came to set up his own company – arguably one of the most innovative global lifestyle tech companies. It is a compelling story, equally highlighting success and failure. Dyson has always looked to the future, even setting up his own university to help provide the next generation of engineers and designers. For, as he says, “everything changes all the time, so experience is of little use.”

Whether you are someone who has an idea for a better product, an aspiring entrepreneur, whether you appreciate great design or a page-turning read, Invention: A Life offers you inspiration, hope and much more.

You can view chapter highlights of Invention: A Life here. If you want to do a ‘Dyson’, it is a great read.

Invention: A Life by James Dyson by Simon & Schuster is available for $49.99 at Booktopia, KMART, Dymocks, QBD and independent booksellers.

James Dyson is donating his proceeds from the book to charities chosen by Dyson people around the world. In Australia, it is currently the Australian Childhood Foundation.

You can read other GadgetGuy Dyson news and reviews here.

 Interesting facts

  • Born 2 May 1947 (post-war baby) and studied art, furniture and interior design before being convinced to swap to industrial design and engineering.
  • His early inventions circa 1970 included a sea truck, Ballbarrow and an amphibious Wheelboat that could reach 64kph on water or land.
  • British manufacturers rejected his first bagless vacuum as it would disrupt the huge £100 million replaceable bag market (a printer and ink story). So, he made a bright pink version and sold it in Japan for the equivalent of £2,000. Then he set up his own factory in the UK.
  • Dyson core technologies include the cyclone technology, harnessing the Coandă effect (air multiplier technologies), DC brushless motors, rechargeable batteries, energy efficiency, reducing emissions, robotics and more
  • Dyson personal qualities include an insatiable, resolute, relentless desire to do something better. And to make enough money to tackle the next challenge.
  • Jake Dyson, one of his sons, is taking the mantle